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Obama Sequestration

What Obama Should Do Now

Robert Reich | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The President must reframe the public debate around the future of the country and the investments we must make together in that future, rather than austerity economics.

Government Sequester Is Now Law. What This Means for the Tax Filing Season

Mark Steber | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business
Mark Steber

During what is typically a quiet time in the tax season cycle, there are many new dynamics and nuances coming into play with the tax law changes, resulting in much confusion.

How Obama's Politics Led to Sequestration

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

It is easy for progressives to blame the Republicans for the sequestration and to view President Obama as having waged a last-ditch effort against these cuts. This is too easy. Many have been confused by focusing on Obama's eloquent speeches and progressive vision while missing his actual budget policies.

Jason Linkins

Sequester Crisis And The Rise Of The 'Leadership' Surrealists | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics

By the time you read this, the long awaited and much feared sequestration may have already begun. That means you and your loved ones are huddled toget...

Obama: Crisis Will 'Inflict Pain'

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - Just hours after across-the-board spending cuts officially took effect, President ...


Reuters | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday signed an order that starts putting into effect across-the-board budget cuts known as...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama Calls Out GOP For 'Dumb,' 'Arbitrary' Sequester Cuts | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama blamed Republicans Friday for the failure of Congress to reach an agreement to stave off the automatic budget cut...

Obama Can't 'Jedi Mind-Meld'

Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

By JIM KUHNHENN, The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — A combative President Barack Obama blamed Republican lawmakers Friday for failing to stop auto...

For The Love of God, Plumb

Jess Wilson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jess Wilson

Dear Honorable (and Other) Members the United States Congress, I know y'all are busy, what with all that finger pointing and all, but I'd like to tell you a story. I pay your salary, so indulge me, won't you?

No to Sequestration: It's Time to End 'Government by Crisis'

Rep. Joe Garcia | Posted 04.30.2013 | Miami
Rep. Joe Garcia

I hope my colleagues find it within themselves to compromise and learn how the rest of America works when people disagree and yet want to move forward.

Sequestration -- What the President and Congress Can Learn From School Districts

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Is it really possible that the president and Congress (who are the elected representatives of the people) cannot agree on any reasonable reductions that would not imperil the health and safety of the nation?

The Sequestering of Barack Obama

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The sequester will cut economic growth in half this year. But it's now clear, one way or another, that we will get cuts in the $85 billion range that the sequester mandates this fiscal year. All that remains are the details.

Michael McAuliff

Boehner To Dems: Move Your Ass On Sequester | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the sequester budget cuts set to kick in Friday, House Speaker John Boehner had a message for his colleagues in the Senate: Get off...

Can Washington Walk the Talk on Children's Safety?

Kate Carr | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Kate Carr

Each year, more than 3.5 million children receive medical treatment for sports injuries. If we eliminated 10 percent of these visits, we'd save about $4.9 billion in health care costs.

Jason Linkins

Journalists Unable To Find Obama's Sequestration Plan On The Internet | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

Back in November 2011, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman made it pretty clear that he needed some help finding widely available information abo...

Obama: GOP Held Together By Love Of Rich People

Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

President Obama promoted his sequestration plan Thursday and, in the process, told Al Sharpton that he believes the one thing holding the GOP together...

Obama Puts Pressure On Republicans Over Looming Cuts

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

* Speaks to eight TV anchors from across America * Pentagon describes plans for layoffs * Obama taken to task for corpor...

Boehner: Obama Raging Against Crisis He Manufactured

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday evening, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blamed President Obama for the nearly $1.2 trillion in a...

Murkowski Slams 'Tough Medicine'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) criticized the looming sequester cuts Monday, despite the fact that she voted for the bill that put the cuts into place...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Lays Down Line On Looming Cuts | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With less than two weeks until $1 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts will begin to take effect, President Barack Obama on Tuesda...

Obama Pressing Case As Cuts Loom

Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

By JULIE PACE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Facing yet another fiscal deadline, President Barack Obama is urging congressional Republicans t...

Sam Stein

Howard Dean On Sequester: 'Let It Happen' | Sam Stein | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Howard Dean is used to being an eccentric within his own party, so the fact that he's urging Democrats to address the impending sequeste...

House Democrats Warn Obama On Social Security Reform

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama may find opposition from inside his own party if he is serious about making changes to the way Social Security benefits are dis...

Doomsday Warnings On Cuts May Be Overblown

Reuters | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

* Cuts mean longer airport lines, more homeless -administration * U.S. military not seen compromised at 2007 funding levels ...

Sam Stein

White House Takes Medicare Eligibility Age Off The Table | Sam Stein | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney emphatically ruled out including any provision raising the eligibility age of Medicare as part of...